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Olympic jobs boost for London

The number of people looking for work in London fell by 5,500 last month. Photo: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The London Olympics have been credited with driving down the UK's unemployment figures.

Official data shows that the number of people claiming jobseekers allowance last month stood at 1.57 million, down 15,000 on July.

That's the largest monthly fall since June 2010.

London accounted for 5,500 of the fall - more than a third of the national figure.

However, it's not all good news. The number of Britons working part-time because they could not find a full-time job has hit a record high of 1.42 million. And the number of people out of work for over a year is at its highest for more than 16 years.

Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said the Government needed a long term plan of job creation to ease the UK's economic woes.

He said: "For families suffering the misery of unemployment, any decrease will be welcome news, but it is clear when you look at the bigger economic picture that any talk of growth is premature."